Danny (centre), shown here with two of his daughters, is the main man at Hevnsent. Danny is lagotto royalty. He was bred by the late Margaret Giles of Tartufo Lagottos, who was largely responsible for establishing the lagotto breed in Australia. Danny is a fantastic looking dog but we love him mostly because he is a really easy dog to live with. He's about the most gentlemanly lagotto we've ever met, and loves nothing more than a gentle smooch. Until recently most of our litters were sired by Danny, but he's slowed down a bit now, not because he's not still awesome, but because he is dad to most of our breeding girls and father-daughter matings are not something we would ever do. His puppies are glorious and also smart. Several of them are in training to work as assistance or detection dogs, and many more are making their owners very happy as terrific companions. Danny is OK with being a grandfather, but he still has a few litters each year and we continue to be impressed with his kids.
This is Hamish, the king of the farm. He was our first Lagotto male and we imported him from New Zealand when we were just starting out and wanted a boy that wasn't closely related to every other Lagotto in Australia. Hamish is a big boy and, as a young dog, was perhaps a bit more energetic than is necessary. He's very sound though and has a fantastic temperament, which he passed on to the daughters that became the backbone of our breeding program. Now retired from breeding, at eleven year's old he is a great role model for our pups and enjoys showing them around the farm.
Errol is only a young dog and he's currently having the time of his life, making lots of lovely puppies when he isn't romping around the farm or curled up asleep on our bed. He came to us from Parity Lagottos and has a lovely international pedigree which doesn't overlap with the ones our girls have, so his puppies are out-crosses - expected to be more robust and healthy than dogs who are closely line-bred. They've also proven themselves to be very colourful, with pups in his first few litters ranging from cream and orange through to roan and brown. Errol is exactly what we are looking for in a Lagotto. He is perhaps slightly larger than we'd like, but he's very friendly and approachable and gets on well with our other dogs. He's also a terrific house dog; very clean inside and never destructive or anxious.
We found Nino in Tasmania and added him to our team because, along with his lovely pedigree and excellent health results, he was a real character, with loads of personality. He produced some spectacular looking puppies for us before he retired, and he's now living the good life with his new owners in Melbourne. We kept a couple of his daughters to carry on his legacy.